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Psychology of Wellbeing Endorses SaS

Psychology of Wellbeing Endorses SaS

Jeremy McCarthy, Director of Global Spa Development and Operations at Starwoods Hotels and blogger extraordinaire, posted a very flattering article last week about the SaS model and philosophy. If you’ve never visited his blog, I encourage you to do so because you’re really missing out!

Here’s an excerpt from his most recent article, which you can read in its entirety here.

Jeremy McCarthy

Even in the spa industry (where I work,) although there is much lip service given to holistic healing (“mind, body & spirit,”) the reality is that only a small percentage of spas actually seem to thoughtfully consider how they treat their clients beyond the physical domain. And most approaches to health and wellness seem to focus on nutrition and exercise (fuel and mechanics for the physical “machine”). Where do the mind and spirit come in?

I’m excited to say that the idea of holistic wellness seems to be finally catching on.  Specifically, I see a new model of wellness evolving around four simple concepts: Sleep, Food, Mood and Exercise. I first heard these words put together in this way from Marie-Josée Shaar, author of Smarts and Stamina: The Busy Person’s Guide to Optimal Health and Performance (I wrote the foreword for the book here).

Marie-Josée has found that she can improve her coaching clients’ wellbeing by looking at their lifestyle across these four categories (and perhaps more importantly, the interactions between them). As an example, if someone isn’t exercising it could be due to lack of energy from not eating properly or not getting sufficient sleep. Or maybe they are just emotionally down, making it hard for them to find motivation.

Jeremy, I am very grateful for all your support. Thank you for helping us spread the word! Thanks to your article and the two book reviews that were posted last week, our book reached the Amazon Top 100 Healthy Living Bestsellers once again this weekend!  😉

MJ Shaar – in 20 seconds


MJ is one of the most sought-after experts blending positive psychology and health promotion. She spent over 15 years coaching, teaching, speaking, researching and testing smart health habits. Marie-Josée Shaar received her undergrad at McGill University in Organizational Behavior, followed by a Master of Applied Positive Psychology at University of Pennsylvania. She's certified as a Wellness Culture Coach, a Personal Trainer, and a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant.

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